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Monday, February 22, 2010

'Milk' Star Back in San Francisco -- Passing Water

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 8:30 AM

No, it wasn't Sean Penn. Nor Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, or even Tom Ammiano, as himself, getting off the best line in the film. The former Milk star spotted back in the city was this 1977-vintage fire engine:

click to enlarge I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Van Sant - JOE ESKENAZI
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  • I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Van Sant

And yet this erstwhile movie star wasn't back in the city just to soak up adulation. It was here to work. This old rig and its 33-year-old colleague (in the background above) were parked on 10th street over the weekend, providing water to the adjacent tower at 1455 Market -- which blew a water pipe last week.

It wasn't the most glamorous credit on the trucks' resume according to Mark Hathaway, a San Jose fire fighter, fire rig collector, and one of the men behind It's partner Paul George's rig that had the Milk gig, but Hathaway's trucks appeared in Nash Bridges and a Bollywood flick filmed on Treasure Island. Still, providing water to a stricken building is noble work -- and it's not like an actor to turn down a good gig.

click to enlarge As seen on Nash Bridges... - JOE ESKENAZI
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  • As seen on Nash Bridges...
Prior to their current incarnation pumping for stricken San Francisco buildings and appearing in popular cinematic features, George's rig served for decades on the East Coast, while Hathaway's truck (above) was the property of Vancouver, Wash.

The Bay Area ain't Los Angeles -- but for aspiring film star fire rigs, it's a hell of an improvement.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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